Boy Scouts participate in the Jamboree Bikathlon at Ft. A.P. Hill on NRAblogPhilip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, continues reporting from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 6
By: Philip Schreier

This year, on February 8th, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 100th Anniversary. Originally founded in England by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, the American version began in 1910 and less than a year later Marksmanship Merit Badge was added to the ranks of proficiency badges that Scouts could earn. Ever since then, shooting has been an integral part of scouting. At this, the 17th BSA National Jamboree, shooting continues to play an exciting role at 5 different venues of 4 Action Centers.

Air Rifle shooting is as popular with the Scouts as BMX racing, SCUBA and Rappelling. Up to 800 Scouts a day visit each of the 4 Air Rifle pavilions at the 4 Action Centers. They are all given a brief safety class on firearms handling by volunteer NRA Training Counselors, Certified Instructors and Range Safety Officers. After they each receive safety glasses they proceed to one of the 40 shooting points and shoot 10 rounds from Crossman 761 air rifles at paper targets set 20' from the firing line.

For many Scouts, including this author, their first time shooting was while wearing a Scout uniform. An event warmly remembered for the rest of their lives and one that is hoped will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment in the shooting sports.

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Be sure the check out part One, Two, Three, Four and Five of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Boy Scouts participate in the Jamboree Bikathlon at Ft. A.P. Hill on NRAblogPhilip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, continues reporting from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 5
By: Philip Schreier

Scouts love to race mountain bikes almost as much as they love to shoot air rifles, so a natural combination of the two is a recipe for success at the National Scout Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill. The Jamboree Bikathlon is a two-wheeled version of the challenging Olympic winter sport, the Biathlon. Here's how it works;

Scouts take to a specially geared 20" BMX mountain bike and race over rugged terrain until they arrive at one of two shooting stations. There they dismount from the bike and meet an NRA certified instructor coach who scores their efforts as they fire five shots at the falling plate targets. They then get back on the bike and ride on to the next shooting station before they ultimately proceed to the finish line.

Most Scouts were averaging four to five minutes on their runs but the best time of the day came from one Scout who shot a perfect 10 and crossed the finish line in just under two minutes. Action Center C reported that nearly 800 Scouts a day rode and shot on the course, making for an estimated 28,000 Scouts who tried the event at the four Action Centers over the nine day Jamboree.

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Be sure the check out part One, Two, Three, and Four of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Action Centers at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill on NRAblog

Philip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, continues his reports from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 4
By: Philip Schreier

Action is the word of the day at the Scout Jamboree and the Action Centers is where it is at. The 76,000 acre Ft. A. P. Hill, which is host to the National Jamboree for the 8th time since 1981, has four separate Action Centers scattered around the reservation. Each Action Center has a Trap Shooting venue and when we visited, Action Center C was being run by Art Schneyer of Durango, Colorado.

An NRA Life member and NRA Training Counselor, Art is just one of 27 staff members, all NRA Certified, who assist up to 400 Scouts a day in learning proper firearms safety and shotgun handling before they try their hands at shooting brand new commemorative 20ga. Remington BSA 870 Wingmaster shotguns. Each Scout gets to shoot 5 shells at clay pigeons thrown from an automatic trap thrower. Scouts who volunteer to help load the trap machines qualify to shoot an additional 5 rounds.

Dedicated Scouts who endure the long lines to shoot can actually finish off the most difficult of the requirements for Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge at the Action Centers.

When you multiply all the numbers by 4, the number of Action Centers, you will quickly find out that in the 9 days of the Jamboree, over 14,400 Scouts will fire 75,000 rounds at the Trap Shooting Action Centers staffed by over 100 trained and dedicated NRA Training Counselors and Certified Instructors.

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Be sure the check out Part One, Two, and Three of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Scouts line up at one of 12 positions to try their luck at shooting some of the western themed falling plate targets on NRAblog
Scouts line up at one of 12 positions to try their luck at shooting some of the western themed falling plate targets. (Photo by Philip Schreier)

Philip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, brings NRAblog another report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 3
By: Philip Schreier

The National Venture Crew Staff has expanded their Action Center at this Jamboree with a Wild West theme, complete with an OK Corral shooting center. This is the third Jamboree that Venture Scouts have staffed an exciting experience that goes far beyond the traditional boundaries of most scouting programs. As with the last three Jamborees, the National Rifle Association has a popular and prominent presence.

 

Brett Connors of Winchester, VA is the NRA Youth Programs Summer Intern and displays one of the Crossman Nightstalker air rifles used at the OK Corral on NRAblog
NRA intern Brett Connors displays a Crossman Nightstalker air rifle used at the OK Corral. (Photo by Philip Schreier)
In the OK Corral, scouts can take a seat on the 12 point firing line and shoot 12 rounds from Crossman 1077 air rifles at falling steel plate targets. The top 6 shooters from each relay get a chance to try shooting the Crossman Nightstalker air rifles in a darkened cave-like enclosure using illuminated targets and laser sights.

 

The Venture Staff has run nearly 700 scouts a day through the OK Corral. During the 8 full days of Jamboree, the OK Corral could realize 5,600 very happy scouts.

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Be sure the check out Part One and Two of Senior Curator Philip Schreier's reports on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Landon Fellhoelter of Ness City, Kansas takes a shot at Camp Thunder on NRAblog
Landon Fellhoelter of Ness City, Kansas takes a shot at Camp Thunder. (Photo by Philip Schreier)

Philip Schreier, Senior Curator from the NRA National Firearms Museum, brings us another report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree: Part 2
By: Philip Schreier

(Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia) - Of the 46,000 scouts here at Fort A.P. Hill for the National Jamboree, only 700 a day will get the chance to participate in one of the newest and most popular venues to ever make an appearance at a Jamboree. More popular than rappelling or SCUBA diving, Camp Thunder is an action shooting venue where scouts get to experience a modified 5 stand sporting clays event with 12 gauge shotguns.

Camp Thunder is laid out to accommodate 50 scouts at a time, each taking his place in groups of 5 at one of the ten 5 stand positions. Scouts first go through a 20 minute safety training class conducted by one of the 52 staff members, all of whom are either NRA Training Counselors, Certified Instructors or Range Safety Officers. Then they proceed to the firing line after picking up safety glasses, hearing protection and a Beretta A3901 12ga shotgun. The 28" barreled Beretta was specially made for the Jamboree with a stunning engraving of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboree logo on the left side of the frame.

With shotgun in hand they step up to one of the shooting positions and wait until the coach hands them 2 rounds to insert into the gun. Each scout gets to shoot 10 rounds, 5 groups of 2 rounds each at clay pigeons flying away and incoming. Some are singles, simo-doubles and doubles on report. The scouts are using Federal Premium ammo, 2 3/4" shells with 1oz #8 shot. As a special souvenir, all of the Federal ammo also bears the Jamboree logo.

Mark Keefe instructs a class of Boy Scouts in the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge at the Merit Badge Midway on the opening day of the Jamboree on NRAblog
NRA's Editor in Chief of American Rifleman Magazine, Mark Keefe, instructs a class of scouts in the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge at the Merit Badge Midway on the opening day of the Jamboree. Mark is an Eagle Scout and past Shooting Sports Director at Goshen Scout Camps of The National Capital Area Council. (Photo by Philip Schreier)

Philip Schreier, Senior Curator ffom the NRA National Firearms Museum, brings us the following report from the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia:

NRA Rocks BSA National Jamboree
By: Philip Schreier

(Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia) - Over 46,000 Boy Scouts, Leaders and Staff have descended upon Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia for the next 10 days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. In this, their 17th National Jamboree, Ft. A. P. Hill is now the 14th largest community in the state of Virginia and the NRA has a powerful presence there, as they have ever since Marksmanship was adopted as a merit badge back in 1911.

NRA HQ staff, training counselors, certified instructors and range safety officers have volunteered to help the BSA run and manage the many shooting sports related activity areas. Scouts can complete most requirements for the Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting merit badges as well as shoot air rifles, shotguns on the trap range, and targets in the "OK Corral" set up in the Venturing Program Area. New to the Jamboree this year is Camp Thunder, an activity area where scouts get to experience the thrill of shooting 20ga shotguns in a modified 5 Stand Sporting Clays event.

Between now and August 4th, we will bring you news of all of these activities and more as the Jamboree progresses.

NRA Shooting Sports Camps are family-oriented events which provide an array of activities and exposure to a variety of shooting disciplines.

Basic shooting camps cover the beginner's first experiences with rifle, pistol, or shotgun in a safe, controlled environment. Other shooting sports camp themes include safety and firearm education camps; hunters' camps; competition camps; trapshooting camps; skeet shooting traps; and more.

More than 20,000 youth participate in these camps each year, along with family members. The camps are open to everyone – adults, children, families, sportsmen, competitive shooters, and hunters. Some shooting sports camps are tailored especially to the needs of a community, or are designed to highlight a certain aspect or event offered by a local gun club.

Whatever your interest, there's an NRA Shooting Sports Camp for you!

For more information about NRA Shooting Sports Camps, contact NRA's Youth Programs Department at (703) 267-1505, or look up local Shooting Sports Camps.

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